How to make lemon meringue pie – a recipe

1 Aug


A confession before we continue: I did not make this luscious looking creation. Rather, The Hungry Dad and Miss7 whipped it up for a family lunch at my mum’s house recently. I’m lucky – I married a man who is a great cook and our first born also loves cooking (especially desserts!).


They chose this recipe from my ever-present copy of Australian Women’s Weekly ‘Bake.’

It is no exaggeration to say this pie was the hit of the lunch – everyone was full of compliments for my hubby and daughter. So proud!



½ cup cornflour

1 cup caster sugar

½ cup lemon juice

1 ¼ cups water

2 teaspoons finely grated lemon rind

60g butter, diced

3 eggs, separated

½ cup caster sugar, extra


1 ½ cups plain flour

1 tablespoon icing sugar

140g cold butter, diced

1 egg yolk

Approx 2 tablespoons iced water


Make pastry:

Process flour, icing sugar and butter until crumbly. Add yolk and enough iced water to process until it all comes together. Knead dough on floured surface until smooth. Wrap in plastic wrap and put in fridge for 30 mins.


Grease 24cm round loose-bottomed fluted flan tin. Roll out pastry between sheets of baking paper until large enough to line tin. Carefully ease into pan, using rolling pin as guide. Gently press into base and sides, trim edges, then place in fridge for 30 mins.

Preheat oven to 220C.

Place dough-lined tin on oven tray and line with baking paper, fill with baking weights and bake for 10 minutes. Remove weights and paper and bake another 10 minutes. Cool, turn oven off.

Combine cornflour and sugar in medium pan and slowly stir in juice and water until smooth. Cook, stirring, over high heat until mixture boils and thickens.

Reduce heat and simmer while stirring for one minute.

Remove from heat and stir in rind, butter and yolks. Allow to cool.

Spread filling into case and bake preheat oven to 220C.

Beat egg whites in bowl of electric mixer until soft peaks form and gradually add extra sugar, beating until sugar dissolves (it shouldn’t feel grainy).

Spread meringue mixture on top of tart and bake for 2 minutes / until golden.

Serve cold with cream or ice cream.



50 Responses to “How to make lemon meringue pie – a recipe”

  1. Fae's Twist & Tango August 1, 2013 at 5:48 am #

    What do the insides of these pies look like? Beautiful tablecloth!

  2. URBAN BAKES August 1, 2013 at 6:24 am #

    I love the light color of the meringue. Evenly browned, it’s absolutely perfect!

    • thehungrymum August 1, 2013 at 6:49 am #

      Yes, not bad for his first go! I think it will be his ‘go to’ recipe now 🙂

  3. thehungrymum August 1, 2013 at 6:48 am #

    I was going to cut up one of the small ones for a pic but The Hungry Dad destroyed the evidence! Do not get between that man and meringue 🙂

  4. A Taste of Wintergreen August 1, 2013 at 1:06 pm #

    Love all of this – the words, the pies, and the tablecloth with the superb blue wrens. Makes me homesick for Australia. This looks just beautiful. Perhaps the Hungry Man will start his own blog (but I’ll stick with you)!

    • thehungrymum August 8, 2013 at 7:06 am #

      oh, thank you. That’s very kind of you. The tablecloth is very cute, isn’t it? Maybe you should plan a trip home soon 🙂 I can’t see the Hungry Man starting his won blog – he doesn’t ‘get’ the whole blogging thing!

  5. quilt32 August 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    Gorgeous pies – and I also love the tablecloth.

  6. tinywhitecottage August 1, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    Perfectly browned! I’m so fond of the rectangular pie pan. I’m going to have to look for one. Cutting square-ish pieces of pie rather than typical triangles appeals to me!

    • thehungrymum August 2, 2013 at 3:53 am #

      Isn’t it just lovely [the pan, I mean – and the tart too!]. I’ve had it for years and find it just the perfect size.

  7. easycraftsforchildren August 1, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

    Beautiful pies and lovely tablecloth 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 2, 2013 at 12:39 am #

      thanks! I’m not sure where I scored the tablecloth from – am guessing my nana or mum.

  8. Little Gumnut August 2, 2013 at 1:34 am #

    adore your photography on this one Belinda! I was scrolling down hoping that you had posted a photo of a piece cut away!

    • thehungrymum August 7, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      Thanks! I should have put a pic of a cut pie – next time 🙂

  9. Sonal August 2, 2013 at 4:14 am #

    That looks almost straight out of a chef’s cook book! Lovely!!! Will surely try the recipe!

    • thehungrymum August 7, 2013 at 9:57 am #

      Thanks 🙂 Hope you do try it – you’re bound to love it.

  10. Cathy August 2, 2013 at 7:18 am #

    Yummy! This was one of my childhood favourites!

  11. atalley August 2, 2013 at 7:12 pm #

    Thanks for coming over and checking out my blog! I’ve never made lemon meringue pie before (it kind of scares me!), but this one looks delicious.

    • thehungrymum September 2, 2013 at 10:41 am #

      Your blog is fab! Try this – if my 7 yo and hub can make it so can you!

  12. ChgoJohn August 2, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    If these pies taste half as good as they look, they must be incredible! Well done Dad & Miss7!

    • thehungrymum August 3, 2013 at 4:49 am #

      They tasted pretty damn good, let me tell you 🙂

  13. rubytheblacklabrador August 4, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    Hello there. I really enjoy reading your blog and I’ve nominated you for a ‘My favourite things’ Award – see xx

  14. tastytreats13 August 5, 2013 at 6:52 pm #

    Wow! These look so pretty!

    • thehungrymum August 6, 2013 at 7:36 am #

      Wish I could take the credit 🙂 but I’ll pass on your compliments to Miss7

  15. Sophie33 August 7, 2013 at 4:36 pm #

    Waw!! These lemon meringue pies all look really beautiful, my friend! Tasty, tasty, tasty! I especially love your last pic: a beautiful tablecloth, I agree! x

    • thehungrymum August 8, 2013 at 2:41 am #

      Awww, thanks Sophie 🙂 The pies are so pretty looking, all that fluffy cloud-like topping is so photogenic x

  16. Liz August 8, 2013 at 4:05 am #

    You’re pictures are always so amazing! And those toffee bars in your earlier post have me swooning. Always glad to see you at food for fun–thanks for stopping by Ann’s cookie party 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 8, 2013 at 6:32 am #

      Oh, aren’t you sweet? Thanks for your lovely words. Your blog is gorgeous x

  17. Pillows A-La-Mode August 10, 2013 at 2:24 pm #

    This looks heavenly . . . and your photos are gorgeous!!! 🙂

    • thehungrymum August 11, 2013 at 9:36 am #

      Thank you! All that meringue is just so pretty 🙂

  18. themondaybox August 12, 2013 at 3:16 am #

    Lemon meringue is my favorite pie! I could eat the filling on its own with a spoon.:) Your husband and daughter did an amazing job with this pie! The meringue is perfect.

    • thehungrymum August 15, 2013 at 6:54 am #

      They did a fab job, didn’t they? Miss7 loves it when I read all the lovely comments to her – she is already asking me if she can start her own blog 🙂

      • themondaybox August 15, 2013 at 12:40 pm #

        What a wonderful learning tool that would be and what fun! Please tell Miss7 I will be excited to follow her blog when she starts one! 🙂

  19. Choc Chip Uru August 14, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    A favourite pie of mine and my dad – great recipe 😀

    Glad to be back!
    Choc Chip Uru

    • thehungrymum August 15, 2013 at 6:53 am #

      Oh, we’re SO happy to see you back! Blogging is no fun without CCU! Am sure all your hard work paid off. Hopefully you’ll be back in the kitchen v soon x

  20. Joanne T Ferguson (@mickeydownunder) August 24, 2013 at 4:50 am #

    G’day and who doesn’t like a lemon meringue pie, true!
    LOVE your photos, especially the tart and your recipe and post now inspire me to put this on my list to do! Thank you!
    Cheers! Joanne

    • thehungrymum August 26, 2013 at 10:16 am #

      Oh, aren’t you sweet? Thanks for the lovely compliments. Hope you do try this – you won’t be disappointed.

  21. Christine (@cookingcrusade) August 26, 2013 at 6:38 am #

    lemon meringue is one of my all time fave desserts – you have a very talented hubby and daughter!! x

    • thehungrymum August 26, 2013 at 10:06 am #

      Seems to be a v popular dessert! Yes, there’s much competition for kitchen space here – everyone wants a turn!

  22. Victoria August 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm #

    The pies and the presentation look pretty!

  23. Steph @MamaMarmalade (@MamaMarmalade) August 29, 2013 at 9:31 am #

    Lets just pretend I have no idea whatsoever about baking .. I can cook but I don’t bake. In fact I’ve never made pastry. Just how difficult would it be for me to make this? I’m salivating at getting that in my guts!

    • thehungrymum August 30, 2013 at 7:36 am #

      I personally find baking easier than cooking- I have *no* idea when to turn the steak or when the green beans are done. To be honest pastry can be tricky but the Hungry Dad made this and this was his first attempt so give it a go… worst case scenario is it may look wonky but will still taste fab. Best outcome? You may put my blog to shame when you discover how talented you are x

  24. kathryningrid September 2, 2013 at 8:12 pm #

    An old favorite, and so prettily presented!

  25. chocolatepeanutbutterohmy November 8, 2013 at 12:09 am #

    Oh my well done to them 🙂

  26. The Hungry Mum September 27, 2015 at 9:39 am #

    Reblogged this on the hungry mum and commented:

    A perfect classic lemon meringue tart recipe.

  27. Gather and Graze September 28, 2015 at 12:44 pm #

    Yum! One of my all-time favourite desserts Hungry Mum! 🙂

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